Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Hey! I won a Myers Gift Voucher today
I was really excited today, I was given a gift voucher for $50.00. I got a phone call and when I answered the lovely young lady with a funny American accent told me.
"Congratulations Mrs Ford (I am not Mrs Ford, but for a $50 gift voucher I was keeping that quiet) you have won gift voucher for Coles/Myers for $50.00. PLUS (she said in a very upbeat tone) you have gone into draw for $1000 prize!"
My lucky day.
She started to ramble off what I had to do to go into the prize draw, but I am no gambler, and I thought I would just take the prize I had already won and leave it at that. Share the luck around, someone else could go into the draw for the chance at $1000. I told Ms Lovely American Voice
"That's ok, just send me the Myers voucher. Are you going to post it to me?"
She said 'Excuse Mrs Ford' (it was a American accent with Asian inflection). I repeated my question about if they were going to post my prize.
She laughed, nervously. "Oh No Mrs Ford, you have to take survey first"
"Huh?" I was crest fallen. "So I didn't win the voucher? You are not going to post it to me?"
"Yes, yes. You win voucher."
"Good" I said relieved, "then you will need my address to post it to?"
"Mrs Ford ..." (I was now getting a little miffed at being called Mrs Ford and as I knew exactly why she used that name I was suspecting this was a scam! Nooo. Really?) Twelve years ago, the phone number we have now, belonged to a Mrs Ford. So I know that anyone who calls asking for her is using a VERY old data base.
I cut her off mid-sentence and stopped playing with the poor girl.
"Well if you are not going to post the prize I just won, I don't think I want to talk to you anymore." (Yeah, what a sore loser I am)
She tried hard to re-engage me, but my heart was broken.
I hung up, sad and deflated. Dreams of what I would spend at Myers, or even Coles, flashed before my eyes. $50 of Lindt!!
I know this was a mean way to deal with telemarketers, but we get, on average, 2 or 3 of these calls a DAY! I should know better than to answer the phone, normally I let it go to voice mail, but I am sick of having to avoid real phone calls because of these scammers. I swore at one the other day, and it made me feel bad. I had just hung up from one moments before. The phone had gone flat so I put it on the charger, which is at the other end of the house. Plonked in my chair, had a tiny sip of my tea, didn't even have time to say 'ahh' and the phone rang. Thinking it can't possibly be another sales call so soon, assuming it must be a real phone call, I rushed off to answer it.
Yep. You guessed it.
"Hello Mrs Ford?"
I am sorry, I cant actually repeat what I said next. It would be bleeped out.